The criminal trial involving Muntaga Sallah, the former Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Petroleum was last Thursday set for adaptation of brief by Principal Magistrate Kebba Baldeh at the Banjul Magistrates’ Court.
The case was slated for adoption of the brief on Thursday but could not proceed after the police prosecutor, Sub-Inspector A Badjie informed the court that the prosecution have filed their reply on the no case-to-answer submission that was filed by Loubna Farage, the defence lawyer for the accused.
He submitted that with the permission of the court, they intend to move their brief of argument for adoption, saying they rely on their reply on the no case submission.
Muntaga is standing trial for purchasing three HP computers worth $25, 445 which he later allegedly stole and took to his home at Senegambia, while serving as Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Petroleum.
The prosecution further alleges that the accused person has stolen three HP computers worth $25,445, which he knew belonged to The Gambia Government.
Sallah is also facing charges of abusing his office, when he instructed, without approval, the purchase of the computers, all in the month of November, 2014 in Banjul. He pleaded not guilty to all charges. He has maintained a plea of not guilty since the commencement of the trial.
The case is adjourned to 23rd November, at 1pm for adoption of brief.
by Lama S Jallow